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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Sarracenia

18 March 2010 18:16:00
Sarracenia flower bud

Sarracenia flower bud

I made a wonderful discovery today. The Sarracenia seed I sowed last autumn in a tray and left in my cold greenhouse, has  germinated!!! And this despite the unbelievably cold temperatures we had.

Sarracenia (carnivorous pitcher plants from the Americas) require stratification to germinate. They also require pure peat and moisture and are strickly "tea total" - that means it's rain water only for them.

To tell the truth, I would not have tried such a fussy plant from seed but Gismo sent me some so I thouht I should at least try. Imagine my surprise and delight in seeing a smattering of tiny seeds in the tray this evening!

Siobhan, looks like you'll be getting some Sarracenia plants if you're still up for them : )

Speaking of Sarracenia, my mature ones are now sending up flowers, as per a previous journal entry and the photo opposite. They came through the winter in my cold greenhouse fine. 


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fran m fran m 18 March 2010 18:24:57

Well done, great to fine a surprise like that.


J.D. J.D. 18 March 2010 18:34:13

Wow, that must have made your day. Well done.


jocko121 jocko121 18 March 2010 18:57:50

Great work and a wonderful  plant to look at


Myrtle Myrtle 18 March 2010 21:01:54

Great when you find something like that!


Lìga Lìga 18 March 2010 23:35:56

I never saw before saracenia buds,flowers,,now can't wait picture with flower.And it great news about little seedlings,,my congratulations:)!!!


unagrant unagrant 19 March 2010 09:26:08

What amazing plants to survive like that. 


Rachel Rachel 20 March 2010 23:33:58

Thanks, everyone. I will post a photo of the Sarracenia flowers when they open. They are very ordinary pretty flowers, however, not at all ominous, as you might expect.


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